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The AONB Section from Morwenstow to Kilkhampton has superb coastal scenery, with coastal heathland meeting granite cliffs. Secluded and intimate valleys are clothed in broad-leaved woodlands, small hamlets and isolated farmsteads. Morwenstow Church and Hawker’s Hut are distinctive features. Narrow lanes weave up and down the steep valley sides and cross streams on numerous small stone bridges.

 

BEACHES, BAYS & COVES

Duckpool beach is one of many sites around Cornwall AONB owned and managed by the National Trust. Further South, Sandymouth, is a popular strand of beach just to the north of Bude.

 

BUSES

This area is served by the bus service between Bude and Barnstaple.

Routes & timetables

 

COAST & COUNTRYSIDE

The picturesque wooded Coombe Valley is part of the Woodford Woods and Coombe Valley County Nature Site that opens out onto Duckpool Beach, with the hamlet of Coombe nestled within it.

 

COMMUNITY & TOURIST INFORMATION

This is a very sparsely populated area, but some local news and activities are listed on the Bude Tourist Information website, and Cornwall Council's events booklet available from Tourist Offices.

 

EVENTS, FESTIVALS & ATTRACTIONS

Other local events in the AONB will be advertised in shops and community buildings or notice boards such as at Woodford, Shop and Stibb. Look out for the Morwenstow Patronal Festival which takes place in June.

 

HISTORIC SITES & BUILDINGS

The National Trust property at Stowe Barton has particular historic and archaeological importance as the site of the great country house, built in 1679 for John Grenville, first Earl of Bath.

The Hawker’s Hut, just along the coast path from Morwenstow is the smallest building owned by the National Trust, built from driftwood by the eccentric vicar and poet Robert Stephen Hawker 1803-1875.

Morwenstow has many historic buildings including the impressive Norman church and 13th century inn 

 

NATURE

Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Devon Wildlife Trust jointly manage the Marsland Valley Nature Reserve, which can be accessed from the Cornwall side of the valley at Gooseham Mill or from the entrance to the north of Marsland Manor.

The whole of the coastal strip in this part of the AONB is designated as a European candidate Special Area of Conservation.

 

TOWNS & VILLAGES

Why not visit the historic hamlet of Morwenstow? The coast path can easily be accessed from here. Stowe Barton is also within the area, located within Kilkhampton Parish, south of the Coombe Valley.

 

WALKS & CYCLE PATHS

 

Click here for fantastic walks in this area from iWalk Cornwall. As with much of Cornwall AONB, the South West Coast Path National Trail is a popular way of reaching the more inaccessible places.